As if sewing, and the odd bit of knitting, wasn’t enough to fill all my spare time. Thanks to Emmely over at Infectious Stitches I now have a new addiction! This is all very good and positive – it gives me something to do when I sit down on an evening with the family and watch TV. Usually I’ll get bored and sneak off to my sewing sanctuary, which my hubby thinks is unsociable (he’s never said but i just know!).
First of all I enrolled on the Craftsy course that Emmely did, and by the end of the evening (in front of the TV with the family!) I’d learnt to chain, single crochet, double crochet and made a granny square – from now on referred to as Nanny squares as my mum’s a Nanny not a Granny. I used a ball of yarn which was cotton with no loose fibres, and a 7mm crochet hook.
Here’s what i managed to make in my first evening:
Single Crochet ‘square’ – not very square, I lost some stitches at each end when I was turning, but pleased with my first attempt.
Double crochet ‘Square’ – a little bit neater on the edges, and grows a bit faster than the single crochet.
My first ‘Nanny Square’ – I loved making this, it was like magic how it came together!
The next day, though only less than 24 hours into my crochet adventure I felt I needed to stretch myself and have a go at putting my new knowledge together and try something new. I found a website call New Stitch A Day which shows how to create hundreds of different stitches, all with video tutorials. The video tutorials are really easy to follow and go at a steady pace.
Here’s what I created on Day 2 of my crochet adventure:
2 colours – really easy, just uses chain stitches, single and double crochet. It’s really easy to change colours.
These flowers didn’t quite turn out like the picture (below) but they still look good – they’re both the same pattern but turned out different sizes – the small one was made with a 4mm hook and the big one a 7mm hook.
Here’s what it should have looked like – this is from the New Stitch a Day website.
More Nanny Squares!!! not really sure what i’m going to do with these!!
I was running out of wool and had this which was going to be a jumper last year. Although I loved the colours I didn’t think it was me and wouldn’t wear it much. I unravelled it and decided to try and make a hat. After sewing round in circles for the cream flowers, I thought this would be easier than making anything square as I found it had to keep the edges straight. I used the stitch a day website to find out how to increase and decrease stitches and practiced double and treble crochet. I also made some rib for round the bottom.
At first my hat looked like a place mat – this is when I knew i needed to learn to decrease!
I managed to decrease and the bottom red row is my first line of rib. I wanted it to keep my ears warm when i’m played golf so kept going…..
I’d finished the hat in no time – on day 4 and 5 of my crochet adventure. I made a flower for the side and added a heart shaped button from my stash.
Here’s some more views of my hat:
and another……. can be worn in different ways – this is a mash up of a beret and a flat cap! Probably not a look i’d want to show in public!
Today I went to play golf, the first time I’ve hit a ball in about 3 weeks. It was a bit chilly but I had my new hat to keep me warm and cosy!
My first ever proper ‘selfie’, after playing golf today!
Here’s my official Lady Captain Photo
A bit different to my selfie, mainly due to make-up and hair brushed!
Well, that’s it for now! No doubt I’ll be blogging soon about further adventures from Crochet Land. Thanks so much to Emmely for writing her blog and getting me ‘hooked’!